Elgin High School- Memory Project

Elgin High School
During April and May 2012 Elgin High School Students have been looking at Local Heritage during an eleven week elective with S2 students.  This included :

  • artefacts looked at Elgin Museum by the Elgin High StudentsVisit to Elgin’s Local Heritage Centre, where they met and talked to Graham Wilson.
  •  Memory gathering at Abbeyvale and Anderson’s Care Home
  • Collating the memories and researching the workplaces mentioned in the memories
  • Looking/drawing heritage objects borrowed from Elgin Library (reminiscence box scheme)
  • Visit to Elgin museum. Included a talk from Heather Townsend

Elgin Library Visit

Elgin Museum visit by Elgin High school students

Holding a museum artefact

Elgin Museum visit by Elgin High Students

Elgin Museum visit by Elgin High Students

 
Heather Townsend, the library education officer showed the students a range of artefacts( see picture above). The students were able to handle them and ask questions. They also had a tour of the museum with a museum volunteer.

Care Home Visits
The group of S2 Students were divided into two groups. They visited two care homes in Elgin to be interview selected groups of residents. There was a questionnaire-style form which helped the students to decide what to ask. There were blank lined pages which allowed the students to record other events/jobs which they and the interviewee talked about related to their working lives.

Elgin High Elective at Abbeyvale care Home In May and June 2012

Elgin High School Pupils interviewing a residents at Abbeyvale

Elgin High Elective at Abbeyvale care Home In May and June 2012

Elgin High School Pupil interviewing a resident

Elgin High Elective at Abbeyvale care Home In May and June 2012

Memory gathering at Abbeyvale Care Home

Eleanor Webster visiting Elgin High School to talk about her early life in Elgin
Eleanor Webster visiting Elgin High School to talk about her early life in Elgin

Andersons Care home visit by Elgin High School Students

Click here to link to a recording of Eleanor's visit to speak to S2 in Elgin High School in May 2012 A recording of Eleanor Webster’s visit to speak to S2 at Elgin High School
Eleanor talking about her early life in Elgin in the 1940s, the railways in Elgin, Life before the NHS and working as a singer.  The students also had the opportunity to ask her questions.  The recording is about 23 mins long. Here is a link to Eleanor’s memory page >>>She brought in some artefacts of her own for the children to look at.

Shoe polish brought in by Eleanor Webster

Shoe polish brought in by Eleanor Webster

Old Baby powder brought into school by Eleanor Webster

Old Baby powder brought into school by Eleanor Webster